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APC gov candidate: Tinubu adamant about decision on Ambode
Fri, 14 Sep 2018

There were indications on Thursday that the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, had yet to back down on his decision to find an alternative to the incumbent governor of the state, Akinwunmi Ambode, in the 2019 governorship election.

There had been reports that Ambode was no longer in the good books of Tinubu, which political watchers said might cost him his second term as governor.

On Tuesday, two new aspirants emerged under the APC umbrella to vie for the governorship ticket with Ambode, blowing open the discord between the governor and his godfather.

They are Dr Obafemi Hamzat and Jide Sanwoolu.

The mandate caucus, headed by Tinubu in the APC, had endorsed Sanwoolu, while the chairmen of the 57 councils in the state also gave their backing to the former Lagos commissioner.

The development was said to have rattled the governor, his team and the people of the Epe division, where he came from.

President Muhammadu Buhari, Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi; and Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, were said to have embarked on a last-minute move to save Ambode.

It was gathered on Thursday that after the meeting between Tinubu and Akiolu did not yield any result, the former Lagos State governor was summoned to Abuja.

Sources told our correspondents that the meeting was influenced by the wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, who was said to have been called by members of the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials, a body currently being headed by the governor’s wife, Bolanle Ambode.

Although the details of the meeting remained sketchy as of press time, it was gathered that Tinubu, who flew to Abuja on Wednesday, did not back down from the position of the mandate group that Sanwoolu should become the next governor of Lagos State.

The source said, “The issues are many – alleged sidelining of party elders, the scrapping of PSP waste management initiative, the sacking of highway managers, award of contracts to a few cronies, ignoring advice from party leaders – they are many, and Asiwaju did not see how all could be resolved without Ambode leaving.

“However, the presidency has put pressure on Asiwaju and although the man has yet to back down, there is hope because he has gone back to Lagos to consult with his followers in the mandate group. We hope that all will be well.”

Meanwhile, in Lagos, Ambode declined to see some monarchs in the state, who had come to pay him a solidarity visit.

It was learnt that the monarchs had gathered at the Adeyemi Bero hall in the state secretariat for their regular meeting and had afterwards decided to visit the governor.

“But the governor did not see them. He just stayed in his office. Some officials of the government later came to talk to them and they left,” an official, who declined to be named, said.

He added that the governor was hopeful that Tinubu would support him, saying that the governor was not ready to fight those who brought him to power.

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Scores killed in fresh Boko Haram attack on army location
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja Boko Haram terrorists, in what appears to be an unending onslaught on locations of the Nigerian Army, on Wednesday evening attacked the troops base in Damasak, Borno State, resulting in a heavy gunfire which lasted for several hours. The army has confirmed the attack, saying troops of 145 Battalion in Damasak, withstood []
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Buhari removes Seiyefa, appoints Bichi as DSS DG
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday named Yusuf Magaji Bichi as the new Director-General of the Department of State Services. This was disclosed in a statement by the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu. Bichi replaces Matthew Seiyefa, who was appointed by then Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, as []
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APC doomed with Buhari as sole candidate, says PDP
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
John Alechenu, Olusola Fabiyi and Ade Adesomoju The Peoples Democratic Party says the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari as the sole presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress has indicated that the ruling party is irredeemably doomed for a crushing defeat in the 2019 presidential election. The party pointed out that Buharis fear to contest []
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Court orders WAEC to produce Adelekes results in five days
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Bwari, Abuja, has ordered the West African Examination Council to produce the results recorded by the Peoples Democratic Partys candidate in the forthcoming governorship election in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, in the May/June 1981 examinations conducted by the council. Justice O. A. Musa, []
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Obasanjo, Saraki, world leaders bid Kofi Annan farewell
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Oluwatobi Akindeleand Agency report Leaders and royalties across the globe have paid their respects to the ex-United Nations chief, Kofi Annan, at his funeral in his home country on Thursday. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo; ex-military Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar, and Senate President, Bukola Saraki, among other Nigerian leaders, were also in attendance to pay []
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New York governor defeats Sex and the City actress in Democratic primary
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Cynthia Nixon,the left-leaning Sex and the City actress turned education activist, lost her dream of becoming New York governor Thursday, trounced in the Democratic Party primary by the two-term incumbent. Andrew Cuomo, 60, in office since 2011 and who commanded a huge war chest from powerful donors, batted aside her insurgent bid at 66-34 percent, []
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NULGE declares strike, opposes Fayoses last-minute employment
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti The Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees in Ekiti has declared an indefinite strike against Governor Ayodele Fayose, beginning from Friday, for alleged negligence of workers welfare and unpaid salary arrears. The workers are aggrieved that despite their goodwill to the administration, the state government had failed to honour an agreement []
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I remained a party loyalist without appointment for seven years ‘Osinbajo
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo said on Thursday that he remained a loyalist to his political party even when he did not get any board appointment for seven years. He said he was without any other appointment after he left office as the Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice in Lagos State in []
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How defence ministry misspent N35bn loan on substandard military equipment Presidential report
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Everest Amaefule and Olaleye Aluko, Abuja A Presidential Committee report on the Audit of Defence Equipment Procurement in the Armed Forces from 2007 to 2015 has revealed that a N35bn loan given to the Ministry of Defence for the purchase of Contingent-Owned Equipment was misspent on equipment, which did not meet the United Nations standards. []
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Vote-buying: Oshiomhole’s aide attacks Jonathan
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
says his presidency was a disaster John Alechenu, Abuja The Chief Press Secretary to the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress has described former President Goodluck Jonathan as a zoologist from the swamps of Otueke who ran a disastrous presidency. Ebebulem, who is an aide to the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, wrote this []
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No rift between Obasanjo and me ‘Atiku
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Ted Odogwu and Gbenga Odogun Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has said there is no serious issue of disagreement between him and a former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. Atiku made the clarification on Thursday in Lokoja in an interactive session with journalists at the secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party, Lokoja. He was in Kogi []
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NEMA raises the alarm on flooding
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Samson Folarin The National Emergency Management Agency has raised the alarm on imminent flooding disasters in the country, calling for adequate preparation. The Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, South West Zone, Suleiman Yakubu, said reports from the National Hydrological Services Agency projected that there would be major flooding in many parts of the country. He spoke []
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My people will vote for me ‘Dogara
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Niyi Odebode and John Alechenu, Abuja The Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Thursday, said he was asked to beg for the ticket of the All Progressives Congress. An online newspaper, The Cable, reported that Dogara stated this when he hosted some of his supporters at his Abuja residence on Thursday. There were reports []
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NLC kicks as Mimiko picks LP presidential nomination form
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
John Alechenu, Adelani Adepegbaand Tobi Aworinde A former Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, has declared his intention to contest the 2019 presidential election on the platform of the Labour Party. Mimiko made his intention known at an event at the national headquarters of the Abdulsalam Abdulkadir-led LP, in Abuja, on Thursday. But the Nigeria []
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Funds released to amnesty office inadequate Senate
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe The Senate Committee on Niger Delta has expressed dismay over delay in the release of funds to the Amnesty Office for payment of stipends and other allowances to beneficiaries of the programme. The Vice Chairman of the committee, Senator Baba Kaka Bashir Garbai, who led members of the committee on a visit to []
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Court awards N10.5m compensation for journalist detained for two years
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Ade Adesomoju, Abuja The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Thursday, awarded the sum of N10.5m against the Department of State Services for the illegal detention of a journalist, Jones Abiri, for over two years without charge. Delivering judgment in a fundamental human rights enforcement suit filed on behalf of the Yenagoa-based journalist by Mr []
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No govt in Osun since Oyinlola left in 2010 ‘Ladoja
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Femi Makinde, Osogbo A former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, has berated the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola for the way the state is being run, saying there is no government in the state since Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola left as governor in 2010. Ladoja said this in Ile Ife on Thursday at the []
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Osun begins payment of salary arrears, pensions with N19.8bn
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Femi Makinde, Osogbo The Osun State Government has paid workers salaries, leave bonuses and pensions with the N16.6bn Paris Club refund released to the state by the Federal Government. The Commissioner for Finance, Mr Bola Oyebamiji, who said this at a press conference in Osogbo on Thursday, added that the state government added N3bn generated []
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APC govt has turned Osun people to beggars ‘AD candidate
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Femi Makinde, Osogbo The governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy in Osun State, Mr Olugbenga Akintola, has said that civil servants, pensioners and other categories of people in the stage have been turned to beggars because of the policy of the present government. Akintola said this in his acceptance speech at the beginning of []
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New Ebonyi CP debunks claims of working with APC
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Edward Nnachi, Abakaliki The new Commissioner of Police in Ebonyi State, Mr Musa Kimo, has said reports that he was sent to work for the opposition in the state is false. Kimo stated this on Monday in Abakaliki, the state capital, while speaking to journalists on the vision and mission of his command. He urged []
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Ex-journalist knocked down by Niger governors car alleges abandonment
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Adelani Adepegba, Abuja A former reporter with Celebrity Magazine, Emmanuel Pilaku, has accused the Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, of abandoning him at Garki Hospital after he was allegedly knocked down by the governors vehicle. The ex-journalist alleged that he was walking on the walkway behind Radio House, Central Business District, Abuja, when the governors []
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Emirate council suspends five village heads for insubordination
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Ted Odogwu, Kano The Kano Emirate Council on Thursday suspended five village heads in the Kunchi Local Government Area of the state for alleged insubordination. Those affected were the village head of Dandati, Muhammed Abdullahi; unit head of Gungumei, Jemila Abubakar; Gadaba village head, Abdul Yahaya; Dahiru Muhammed of Galadimawa and Isiyaku Mustapha of Rigawa. []
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Sit-at-home: Police talk tough as IPOB insists on protest
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Tony Okafor, Awka and Ogbonnaya Ikoku, Umuahia The Indigenous People of Biafra on Thursday insisted that the sit-at-home protest across the states in the South-East on Friday (today) and some parts of the South-South must hold. The group ordered residents of the zone to stay indoors in their interest and safety. Security operatives in the []
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Edo teachers postpone planned strike
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Alexander Okere, Benin Teachers in public schools, under the Edo State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, on Thursday said they had suspended their plan to embark on an industrial action. The State Chairman of the NUT, Mr Pius Okhueleigbe, told The PUNCH that the plan was been put on hold till September 30, []
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Ignore question papers on social media, WAEC warns candidates
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Olaleye Aluko, Abuja The West African Examination Council has warned candidates sitting its September 2018 Private Examination to ignore past questions being posted by fraudsters on the social media. The council said the fraudsters, for an example, posted questions papers of Principles of Cost Accounting written in Sierra Leone and The Gambia on Wednesday as []
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Danger looms in school where pupils learn under high-tension cables
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
The pupils of a primary school located under high-tension electric cables in Osogbo, Osun State and their teachers are in grave danger of being electrocuted, FEMI MAKINDE reports Many pupils in Osun State are vulnerable to a variety of dangers, such as invasion of their schools by armed bandits, electrocution and even kidnapping. This is []
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Benue dismantles 159 illegal revenue roadblocks
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
John Charles Makurdi The Chairman of Benue State Internal Revenue Services, Mr Terzugwe Atser, on Thursday said about 159 illegal revenue roadblocks had been dismantled in the state. Atser stated this during a workshop organised for management staff on management efficiency strategies, facilitated by Power Planet Limited Lagos at Winika Hotels, Gboko. He said, At []
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Nigeria loses $2bn yearly to poor health care FG
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Friday Olokor, Jos Nigeria has been losing foreign exchange estimated at about $2bn yearly, due to loss of confidence in the nations health system, the Federal Government said on Thursday. The government also expressed concern over what it described the lack of teamwork in as health sector, leading to the rivalry between medical doctors, pharmacists []
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March for Saraki
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Success Nwogu, Ilorin The convener, the Olanrewaju Oba Youth Forum, Mr Abdul-Mojeed Oba, said on Thursday no fewer than one million people would march in solidarity with the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, over his presidential ambition. Speaking during media briefing in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, he said Saraki had contributed greatly []
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Groups give NASS five days to pass INEC budget
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja A coalition of civil society organisations, under the auspices of the Movement for Transparent Elections, has given the National Assembly a five-day ultimatum to reconvene and pass the budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission for the 2019 general elections or face a massive nationwide protest. The MTE, which held a protest []
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160 Osogbo, Iwo residents get free surgery
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Tobi Aworinde Some residents of Osogbo and Iwo on Wednesday were beneficiaries of a free surgery project of the All Progressives Congress candidate in the September 22 governorship election in Osun State, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola. A statement said over 160 patients had lumps removed from various parts of their bodies and cataract from their eyes []
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Single currency: Nigeria, Ghana, others fail to meet criteria
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Emefiele elected West African Monetary Zone chairman Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja The inability of some countries within the West African Monetary Zone to meet up with the macroeconomic convergence criteria is currently threatening the take-off of the single currency regime for the sub region. The development was confirmed on Thursday during the 37th meeting of the []
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Customs stop re-examination of containers
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Anna Okon The Area Controller, Apapa Command, Nigeria Customs Service, Abubakar Bashir, has disclosed that the command has stopped the practice of re-examining containers. Bashir gave this indication during a stakeholders’ meeting in Lagos on Thursday. He said this was part of his administration’s effort to key into the President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s agenda of []
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Traffic: Lagosians embracing water transport, says LASG
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) has said the gridlock being experienced in the state has made more Lagosians to embrace water transport. The General Manager, LASWA, Mr Damilola Emmanuel, stated this in Ikoyi on Thursday at the LASWA 10th anniversary and workshop for boat captains, with the theme, Building Capacity for a []
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Air Peace buys 10 new Boeing aircraft
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Deal will strengthen Nigeria, US bond’ ‘Femi Asu A domestic airline, Air Peace, on Thursday signed a deal with a United States-based airline manufacturer, Boeing, for the purchase of 10 new aircraft. The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Air Peace, Mr Allen Onyema, said the order would arrive very soon, adding that the airline’s fleet []
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Passengers stranded as plane overshoots runway in Abuja
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Many air travellers were stranded at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Thursday morning after an aircraft overshot the runway and disrupted flight operations. It was gathered that the aircraft, a Gulfstream 4 belonging to Skybird, overshot the runway on Wednesday night and got stuck there. Sources at the NAIA told []
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Lagos fights drug abuse in schools
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Sesan Olufowobi The Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development said on Thursday that the fight against drug abuse has been taken to all government-owned primary and secondary schools in the state. It stated that other relevant stakeholders in the educational sector were also involved in the campaign to save youths of the state []
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FG establishes 42 technology transfer centres
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Everest Amaefule, Abuja The Federal Government has established 42 technology transfer centres in order to encourage market-oriented researches across the country, the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnnaya Onu, has said. Onu said this at the commemoration of the African Day for Technology and Intellectual Property in Abuja on Thursday. According to the minister, []
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Flood submerges Anambra council secretariat
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Tony Okafor, Awka Flood on Thursday submerged the secretariat of the Anambra West Local Government at Nzam, causing workers to relocate to a neighbouring community in Umueze Anam. It was gathered that the Thursday incident was the second time the council secretariat was submerged this month. An employee of the council, John Nnanna, told our []
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Osinbajo promises more funds for Trader Moni loan
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday told beneficiaries of the Trader Moni loan scheme in Gbagi Market, Ibadan that more funds would be committed to the scheme as soon as the traders began to pay back. The Vice-President was in the market to assess how the loan was being executed and to ensure []
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Austriaknife attacker gets life sentence
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
A man who stabbed four people in two knife attacks in the Austrian capital Vienna on March 7 was sentenced to life in jail on Thursday. The 23-year-old Afghan national was found guilty by jurors on four counts of attempted murder. The attacker did not claim any political motivation for his actions. READ ALSO:Passengers stranded []
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We’ll prevail on SNEPCo to stay in Rivers
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt The Rivers State Government has assured the people of the state that it will prevail on relevant stakeholders to ensure that the supply base of Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company is not moved from the state to Lagos. The state government’s assurance is coming on the heels of the claim []
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Israel announces end to Syria humanitarian aid
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
The Israeli army on Thursday announced it was ending an operation it says was aimed at providing Syrian civilians with humanitarian and medical aid in the occupied Golan Heights. Israel has had a policy of offering aid to Syrians who reach its lines,saying it was doing so without getting involved in the conflict. [READ ALSO] []
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New varsities: Reps, bury the idea
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
THE legislative process of creating nine new tertiary institutions has reached an advanced stage with the conclusion of public hearing on bills seeking to establish them at the House of Representatives last week. The move is predicated on the jaded and blinkered argument that access to university and higher college education should be expanded to []
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Five effective game, apps for typing fast
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Computers and cell phones have become an integrated tool in our professional and personal lives that the original methods of using pen and paper may not be so common anymore. Although our old-school methods of note taking may not have entirely left us, technology is advancing with no intention of slowing down; iPads are moving []
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What you can’t achieve with online banking
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Online banks changed the way we bank’for the better’and some people now live entirely without a brick-and-mortar bank account. Online customers can earn more money, pay less in fees, and enjoy the convenience of banking from their computer or mobile device. However, you might not want to ditch your bank branch just yet. Although, they []
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Leveraging e-Commerce to reduce overhead, increase profitability
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
I am now able to keep my overhead very low, and profit margin widened’ ‘ ‘Unable to get a job after my youth service, I started an electronics business 4 years ago. Today, the business has grown quadruple’ These are firsthand views of some business owners who have experienced the power of e-Commerce to []
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CBN deepening financial inclusion through UP
Fri, 14 Sep 2018
Ozioma Ubabukoh The Central Bank of Nigeria and Nigerian banks have appointed UP, Nigeria’s premier financial technology company otherwise known as ‘Unified Payments’ with a view to increasing access to finance for poorer communities in remote locations. UP is a super-agent with a mandate of the CBN and Nigerian banks to take the services of []
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